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8 Simple errors to avoid when you submit a revised manuscript

So, you submitted your manuscript to PLOS ONE and the editor issued a revise decision. What happens next? When you submit your revised manuscript to the journal, it will undergo a series of checks to ensure it meets our technical and policy requirements (read more about checks in Part 1 of this series). The more complete your submission is, the more quickly it can be returned to the editor to proceed to the next stage of editorial assessment.


Before you resubmit, check if any of these situations describe your submission, and try to fix them now to save time later on


1. You did not indicate where the underlying data for your submission can be found. PLOS journals require authors to make all data underlying the findings described in their manuscript fully available without restriction, with rare exception. Read more about our data availability polic


2.  If access to your underlying data is restricted, you did not provide an explanation for these access restrictions. Read more about our policy on data access restrictions


3.  Your data availability statement says that your data are available as Supporting Information files, but you did not provide the SI files with your submission. Read more about options for providing your data files.


4.  You named the funders that supported the submitted research but did not describe the funders’ role in the research (if any). If the funder did not play a role in the research, be sure to state this explicitly. Read more about financial disclosures.


5.  Your revised manuscript file includes highlighting indicating tracked changes. You need to provide a clean copy as well as a marked-up copy. Read more about the revision process.


6.  You did not indicate heading levels within each manuscript section. (You can have up to 3 levels.) Read more about manuscript formatting


7.  You did not provide the corresponding author’s ORCID iD. An ORCID iD is required for the corresponding author. Read more about our ORCID requirement for authors, and watch this short video tutorial about setting up an ORCID iD


8.  You did not provide a caption for each uploaded SI file. Each caption should include a number label (e.g., S1) and a title. Read more about SI captions.


Now that you’ve addressed these issues, your revised manuscript should be ready to submit! Enter the submission system now.


This is the second in a two-part series of insider tips for PLOS ONE authors. See the first part here.

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